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Miscellaneous Lessons

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) audio lessons that don’t happen to fit into our primary collections. When we add new free lessons we’ll usually place them here first.

There’s no particular learning order to this collection, so they’re displayed from newest to oldest. Lessons can be chosen and repeated as you wish, so follow your curiosity! If a lesson isn’t comfortable initially, it’s fine to skip it and revisit it later.

Miscellaneous Lessons - Feldenkrais Method with Nick Strauss-Klein

Before you begin read this first to learn your responsibilities as an ATM student and practical tips to help you get the most from your studies.

Scroll down and click on a lesson title to go to its audio player, interactive lesson notes, and discussion comments. Descriptions of each lesson give you a sense of its aim, though everyone’s learning process is unique and you may find other benefits.

Side Clock: Shoulders (and Intro to Hip) »

Side-lying. Starts as a "Feldenkrais basics" shoulders-and-hips lesson, then uses the image of a clock face to explore precise coordination, developing freedom and skill in the shoulders, chest, neck, and more. An emphasis on choice, imagery, principles, and improvisation creates a unique learning opportunity for your Feldenkrais study: you're invited to complete your own hip clocks.

Easing the Jaw, Neck, and Shoulders »

Back-lying, briefly framed by seated explorations. Exploring and refining basic movements of the jaw, and integrating them with movements of the head, neck, and shoulders. This lesson is often helpful for reducing many types of jaw-related tension and discomfort, including some kinds of headaches, TMJ pain (temporomandibular joint), and discomfort and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and spine. The recording begins with a discussion. The lesson starts around 4:00.

Spine and Chest Side-Bending, Lengthening Limbs »

Framed by standing explorations of how we shift weight onto one foot, this mostly back-lying lesson (often one or both knees bent) is designed to free the torso and improve awareness, suppleness, and integration of lateral movements of the spine and chest in walking. Includes explorations of sensing and initiating movement from the spine.

Breath, Belly, Back, and Hips: Connecting to the Earth (workshop lesson) »

Back-lying, mostly knees bent, framed by brief explorations in standing. An amalgamation of investigations of the lower torso, especially as it connects through the legs and feet to the earth. This lesson develops awareness and spaciousness of this "middle" area, and the Tanden (a concept from the martial arts, also known as the lower Dantian) is discussed and sensed.

Fundamentals of a Healthy Back (workshop lesson) »

Back-lying, often knees bent, sometimes legs crossed, tilting. Clarifying our image of the "five curves" of the axial skeleton in action: the traditional three (lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spine), plus the sacrum/tailbone and the skull. Learning to sense functions and efforts through all five curves, including breathing.

Rolling with Length »

Back-lying with one knee standing, and front-lying. Rolling over a long, spacious, breathing side, with plenty of room to improvise.

After you complete the collection, returning to favorite lessons or progressing through from the beginning again will yield new insights. It can be very surprising to new Feldenkrais students how lessons you “know” are a completely different, valuable experience on subsequent explorations.

You might also want to browse our Learning Guides for ideas to help bridge your Feldenkrais learning into everyday life.

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